a personal short film
My goal with this project was to go through the exercise of developing a very short animated film from start to finish. I wanted to explore a specific style and to work on creating a sense of place.
STEP 1: STORY & SCRIPT
I wanted to think of a very basic idea that was almost just a single scene, rather than a long story. The log line I landed on was "A character on an unknown planet witnesses a crash landing from a distance and ventures out to investigate." Once I had that idea I wrote a few scripts out to flush it out a bit more. You can take a look at 3 initial scripts here.
STEP 2: RESEARCH
Once I had the idea, I started to do some research and put together a mood board. This is designed to give me inspiration for tone and style. It was also an opportunity to see some options for color.
STEP 3: STORYBOARDS
The next step was to start to imagine the world and what kinds of shots I might want to include. The storyboard is essential for beating out the story. To get my initial ideas out I like to use pencil and paper.
Once I had settled on my shots I sketched them out in photoshop. I originally included a large crater at the end, but for a variety of reasons I decided to cut it.
STEP 4: CHARACTERS
Before I could get into actually designing the scenes I needed to develop the character designs. This was a bit tough, because I wanted to keep them really simple, but still convincing.
STEP 5: STYLE FRAMES
After I had sketched out my boards and created my characters in Illustrator I needed to go and build all the scenes as well. I wanted to utilize a very limited monochromatic color pallet and also keep all the the forms very simple and basic.
STEP 6: ANIMATION
This is the fun part, bringing it all to life with music and animation. I went to premiumbeat.com for the music. I searched until I found a track that felt like the tone I was going for.
This was pretty much my first time doing any kind of walk cycle. It was a lot of fun. Definitely not perfect but I'm happy with how it turned out.
Another fun aspect was animating the hair. I did it all frame by frame in Adobe Animate CC. This was also new territory for me, so it was quite an adventure.
Thanks for reading!